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Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2005

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93 points Connoisseurs' Guide: This showy wine is decked out with lots of very sweet oak, yet its generous seasonings of caramel, cream and toast never get ahead of the very pure and concentrated, ripe raspberry- and cherry-like fruit that sits at its heart. Already impressive, but so deep and so very well structured that its best clearly lies a few years before it, this impressive young Pinot Noir can be set aside with absolute faith in its future and is our pick of the very good Goldeneye bunch.

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Goldeneye:
The Goldeneye winery is dedicated to the production of world class Pinot Noir wines. It is located in the heart of Anderson Valley along the migratory pathway of the common Goldeneye duck. In 1990, after nearly fifteen years of making world-class Bordeaux style wines, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn embraced their growing passion for Pinot Noir. Their vision for Goldeneye was simple: to craft a di... Read more
The Goldeneye winery is dedicated to the production of world class Pinot Noir wines. It is located in the heart of Anderson Valley along the migratory pathway of the common Goldeneye duck. In 1990, after nearly fifteen years of making world-class Bordeaux style wines, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn embraced their growing passion for Pinot Noir. Their vision for Goldeneye was simple: to craft a distinctively California Pinot Noir of equal stature to their acclaimed Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. Dan and Margaret approached this goal with the same care and attention to detail for which they had become respected in the Napa Valley. Over the next six years, the Duckhorns experimented with fruit from the Russian River, Sonoma, Carneros and Anderson Valley appellations. The Duckhorns were aware that Pinot Noir, an elusive and challenging grape, has the remarkable ability to reflect its terroir, more than many varietals. This awareness led them to narrow their exploration to Mendocino's Anderson Valley. With cool ocean fog, clay soil, and long, mild days, the Anderson Valley appellation had all the ingredients for producing world-class Pinot Noir. In 1996, the first 80-acre estate vineyard was selected, and the winery was officially christened after the Goldeneye duck whose migratory path crosses the region. In 1997, Goldeneye harvested its first grapes, a modest seven tons of estate fruit, yielding 375 cases of wine. After a decade of research, planning and experimentation, Goldeneye's inaugural vintage was announced in March of 2000. Since then, the winery has grown to include four estate vineyards, planted to 149 vine acres. These vineyards are planted with 19 different clonal varieties and enjoy the benefits of varying microclimates. By focusing on the careful cultivation of its estate vineyards, Goldeneye has been able to grow, while still remaining true to its philosophy of being a small, quality-driven winery. To maintain the integrity of each vineyard block and to allow for flexibility in the final blend, Goldeneye harvests, barrel ages and vinifies each lot separately. In addition, Goldeneye practices crop sensitivity with vertical shoot positioning and a dedication to low yields. Under the guidance of winemaker Zach Rasmuson, vineyard practices have been further refined to benefit the estate program. A Pinot Noir veteran, Zach brings his love of farming and his obsession with the varietal to Goldeneye. A strong advocate of the Anderson Valley and its potential to produce some of the finest Pinot Noirs in the world, Zach underscores his belief that quality is determined in the vineyard with a gentle, minimalist approach to winemaking. Zach has worked hard to define the evolving style of Goldeneye. With yields as low as two tons per acre, Goldeneye cultivates extracted, elegant fruit. The goal is to fashion a wine that expresses the depth and character of the Anderson Valley. In winemaking, Zach focuses on achieving a balance between fruit, extraction and oak. Working closely with the finest coopers to identify wood sources and blends that suit Goldeneye's style, Zach generally uses between 70 to 100 percent new oak from the world's finest coopers. Wood is sourced primarily from Allier, although Zach works with Vosges, Nevers and Bertanges as well. The toasting program is primarily medium, with some toasted heads. Founded on a commitment to quality, Goldeneye brings the tradition of viticultural excellence established by Duckhorn Vineyards in the Napa Valley to the Pinot Noirs of the Anderson Valley. With each new vintage, Goldeneye continues its evolution toward becoming one of the world's premier producers of Pinot Noir. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Goldeneye Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,288
1.50 5
02/23/2009

Smoky and dark on the nose with leather, sweet blackberry jam, beef jerky and deep cola notes. In the mouth this is extracted and oak driven with earthy and creosote tones dominating the palate and candied chocolate notes on the finish. Where's the fruit? 82pts


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Snooth User: cgibbons
13662933
4.50 5
02/18/2009

Aroma of blackberries and dark cherry complemented by spice. Early fruit taste, but dominated by a pleasing vanilla oak. Good acidity and tanins, full-bodied and well-balanced.


Snooth User: markhicken
10783224
4.50 5
12/30/2008

Wonderful fruit forward pinot noir from Anderson Valley. Fabulous with duck or mushrooms.


4.50 5
05/02/2008

Rubber tire nose, palate of bright cherries and oak. A very smooth wine with a tart finish.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.00 5
02/22/2009

Strong and sweet aroma, a little bit floral, with medium tannins, cinnamon, candied apple, rusty metal, banana, and caramel


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.00 5
05/03/2008

Very light and soft and silky wine. Raspberries and some soft earthiness. Nice gentle tannins on the finish. Good intensity for a pinot noir. Some intriguing lilac on the nose. Served with Manchego cheese with truffle oil


Snooth User: jmf
72594683
3.50 5
02/09/2009

lots of oak on nose and palate. a bit spicy. slight astringency.


Snooth User: brooklynwino
87438118
0.50 5
02/22/2009

Had a smokey, spicy and vanilla nose with a touch of paint. Not much fruit, and not a great finish. bitter and not in a good way.


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External Reviews for Goldeneye Pinot Noir

External Review
05/30/2009

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2005 Goldeneye (Duckhorn) Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
02/28/2009

This well-balanced, medium-weight wine offers bright acidity and a long, satisfying finish. The aroma is rich and evocative of dark cherries, nutmeg, caramelized apple, cinnamon, and clove. On the palate, it is full of plum, spice, cherry, strawberry, and vanilla oak layers. Though delicate and understated, this wine’s compelling force of flavor, weight, and potent spice create a depth and density that cannot be missed. Drink until 2015.Varietal Content100% Pinot NoirHarvest InformationAppellation: Anderson ValleyHarvest Dates: September 12 – October 20, 2005Average Sugar at Harvest: 26.7 degrees Brix12 Vineyards HarvestedCooperage100% French oak Burgundy-style barrels (228 liters)70% New Oak, 30% Second VintageMedium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests16 months in barrelTechnical DataAlcohol: 14.5%0.49 g/100 ml titratable aciditypH: 3.79


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewRated 92Rich and distinctive, with complex, concentrated loamy earth, black cherry, wild berry, savory spice and fresh earth scents. The tannins are rich and mouthcoating, yet the fruit pours through. Drink now through 2011.Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 92Winemaker Zach Rasmuson did not produce a Narrows Vineyard bottling in 2005. Instead, those grapes went into the regular Goldeneye, to its great benefit. The wine is particularly rich and powerful in cherry pie filling, black raspberry, mocha, Dr. Pepper and smoky oak flavors, with a gorgeous, mouth-filling texture thats dramatic on the finish.Wine Tasting NotesThis well-balanced, medium-weight wine offers bright acidity and a long, satisfying finish. The aroma is rich and evocative of dark cherries, nutmeg, caramelized apple, cinnamon, and clove. On the palate, it is full of plum, spice, cherry, strawberry, and vanilla oak layers. Though delicate and understated, this wines compelling force of flavor, weight, and potent spice create a depth and density that cannot be missed. Drink until 2015.


External Review
09/15/2009

Rich and distinctive, with concentrated loamy earth, black cherry, wild berry, savory spice and fresh earth scents.



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93 points Connoisseurs' Guide: This showy wine is decked out with lots of very sweet oak, yet its generous seasonings of caramel, cream and toast never get ahead of the very pure and concentrated, ripe raspberry- and cherry-like fruit that sits at its heart. Already impressive, but so deep and so very well structured that its best clearly lies a few years before it, this impressive young Pinot Noir can be set aside with absolute faith in its future and is our pick of the very good Goldeneye bunch.

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